Bryce Jordan tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in February, which makes the fact that he’s legging out doubles at Alex Box Stadium in October a true sight for coach Paul Mainieri’s sore eyes.
“I just said that to him: ‘Boy, it’s good to have you back,’ ” Mainieri said.
Jordan is nearly back to feeling like himself physically, and it has shown in his first two scrimmages of LSU’s fall practices.
He cracked a pair of doubles in the Tigers’ first scrimmage of the fall, then connected on an RBI single Tuesday off LSU left-hander Nick Bush.
“I couldn’t wait another day since I got hurt to get back on the field with my brothers and just grind again,” Jordan said.
This time last year, Jordan was putting together a solid fall, one that eventually led Mainieri to confidently say Jordan would start the 2017 season in the middle of a potent LSU batting order.
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Then, on Feb. 7 — 10 days before LSU opened its 2017 season against Army — Jordan’s knee buckled as he chased down a ball in foul territory.
“It sucks going through all fall, and then right when the season is around the corner, to get hurt and have to watch the whole season from the dugout and the stands,” Jordan said. “I don’t wish that upon anybody.”
Jordan threw himself into his recovery, and nearly made it back just four months later to be a part of LSU’s postseason roster.
The Tigers ultimately decided Jordan was not quite ready. Last season counted as a redshirt year, but if a physically diminished Jordan would’ve participated on the postseason roster, it would’ve counted toward his eligibility.
“If that was what the team wanted, I was willing to give up my redshirt year,” Jordan said.
Change is the only constant in college baseball.
But the fact that they even had a choice said Jordan’s recovery was going smoothly.
“I can’t even remember another player that’s had an ACL (injury), so I’m not familiar what the timeline is. ... Mainieri But people tell me it’s pretty remarkable that he’s out there running and doing all the things,” Mainieri said.
Jordan said he has not quite returned to his previous physcial level. Though he was never considered a burner before his injury, his speed has not quite returned.
“But that has nothing to do with my injury,” Jordan said. “It’s a conditioning thing.”
And, even if he’s a step or two slower, it’s not a big concern. He’s happy just to be back on the field.
“I’m just ready to go,” Jordan said.